Francis E. “Dutch” Haas, 83, of 507 Railroad
Street Danville PA died Sunday evening July 9, 2006 at his residence. He
was born April 5 1923 in Danville PA the son of the late Charles and Dora
Mr. Haas attended the Mooresburg One Room
School through 8th grade. He was a molder for the former Art and
Bronze Forge Company Danville PA. He was also employed by the former
Danville Fur Factory and Geisinger Medical Center in the Maintenance
Department. His employment also included being a molder and working on the
shell line at Kennedy Van Saun Danville PA. Mr. Haas was also a custodian
of the Danville Area School District primarily at Liberty Valley Elementary
Mr. Haas was a lifelong member of Trinity
Lutheran Church Danville PA where he served on the church council and was a
church custodian for 15 years. He was a life member of Washington Fire and
Hose Company Danville PA and served faithfully as a member of the Danville
Fire Police since he was 18 years old. He was a volunteer ambulance driver
for many years. Mr. Haas also served on the Danville Borough Council. He
especially enjoyed repairing and restoring bicycles and lawn mowers which he
then sold from his residence. Mr. Haas enjoyed picking strawberries and
raspberries, making homemade wine and harvesting walnuts, all of which he
freely shared with his friends and family.
He is survived by his wife of 65 years Jean A.
Walker Haas whom he married July 1, 1941 and one son Ed Haas and his
daughter-in-law Ruth L. of Danville PA. Also surviving are two grandsons,
Brian S. Haas and his wife Dawn and Shawn C. Haas and two
great-grandchildren, Kennedy and Brenden Haas and a special great- great
niece Miranda Sue Keefer. He is also survived by one sister Grace
Messersmith of Redlands, California. He was preceded in death by three
brothers; Joseph, Robert and Charles E. Haas and four sisters; Lucille Cook,
Bertha Houseknecht, F. Helen Stump and Violet Leiby. He is also survived by
numerous nieces and nephews.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, July
15, 2006 at 1:00 PM in the sanctuary of Trinity Lutheran Church 209 Church
Street Danville PA with the Reverend Michael Greenauer officiating. Burial
will be in Straub’s Lutheran Cemetery Frosty Valley Road Danville PA.
Friends will be received from 12:00 PM until the time of service in the
Memorial contributions may be made to Columbia
Montour Home Hospice 599 East 7th Street Bloomsburg PA 17815 or
the Memorial Fund of the church. Arrangements are under the direction of
the Visneski Funeral Home, Inc. 10 West Mahoning Street Danville PA 17821.